After the attacks in Paris, some government officials in the UK seem to be realizing that having hardly any armed law enforcement on the streets isn’t such a great strategy for combating terrorism. There were reports of an updated counterterrorism task force in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, but now Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has announced that the Metropolitan police will train 600 armed officers, increasing the total number of gun-carrying cops serving the London area to 2,800.
This is not a fundamental change to the makeup of London’s police force—92 percent of which will still be unarmed—but it at least demonstrates a willingness to consider ISIS-inspired terrorism. “The tragic attacks in Paris reinforced the vital role that firearms officers would be called upon to play on behalf of all of us, to run forward and confront the deadly threat that such attackers would pose,” Hogan-Howe said.
Bernie Sanders Completes His Anti-Gun Drift
While Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is far from good on gun policy, he at least had his vote in support of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) going for him. Now, presumably tired of getting beat up on by his opponents for his insufficient extremism, Sanders has announced that he supports the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act—legislation intended to gut the PLCAA and make the gun industry once again vulnerable to frivolous litigation.
Predictably, Hillary Clinton responded to this lack of courage with (back-handed) praise. “One of my biggest differences (with Sanders) has been on guns, and I’m very pleased that he flip-flopped on the immunity legislation,” she said. Oh yeah, there’s that old lie about the gun industry’s “immunity” popping up again.
Mike Rowe Mocks White House Celebrity Twitter Initiative
Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” wasn’t among the recipients, but on Friday he went to Facebook to express why he thought the initiative—and the president’s gun-control plans as a whole—were misguided. Rowe said while he did not oppose background checks on firearms purchases, he’s “skeptical that expanding a broken system is the best way to keep guns away from bad guys and lunatics.” He then asked, “If we don’t have the resources or the commitment to administer and enforce the system we have, why in the world would we want to make it bigger?”
While it’s unlikely the White House will listen, it’s nice to see some reason coming out of Hollywood.
Marco Rubio Says Terrorism Motivated His Recent Gun Purchase
In an interview Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio discussed with host John Dickerson his decision to purchase a new gun on Christmas Eve, saying that he has a Second Amendment right to do so and that it is a way he can defend his family against the threat of terrorism.
“I have a right to protect my family,” Rubio told Dickerson on Sunday. “I have a right to protect my family if someone were to come after us. In fact, if ISIS were to visit us or our communities at any moment, the last line of defense between ISIS and my family is the ability I have to protect my family from them or from a criminal or anyone else who seeks to do us harm. Millions of Americans feel that way.” We’re some of them.
Law Enforcement’s Growing Call To Arms
The call is growing louder each day. Across America, law enforcement officers are encouraging law-abiding citizens to arm themselves. As Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd notes, “It’s more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone.”
More Florida sheriffs carry the same message. “If you are certified to carry a gun, I would like to encourage you to do so,” says Chris Blair of Marion County. In Brevard County, Wayne Ivey reminded citizens they must be the “first line of defense.”
Law enforcement officials in Oklahoma aren’t just encouraging an armed citizenry, they’re putting their time and money behind it. Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes and Creek County Sheriff John Davis have waived sheriff’s fees associated with getting a gun license, while Davis also extended his office’s weekend hours.
These professionals are voicing what we’ve always warned, that your safety is your responsibility.
Georgia Mom Scares Off Intruder With Gun
A woman was asleep on the second floor of her home in Savannah, Ga.—along with her three children—when she heard the chime indicating her back door was open. “I grabbed my gun and I went to the stairs and I screamed,” she told WJCL. “I said, ‘I am armed. And I will shoot.’” With her gun in hand, she then found her phone and dialed 911.
Police arrived on the scene quickly and located a suspect on the balcony of an outlying structure. They confirmed that he has a lengthy criminal record, with several counts of theft and burglary. None of the residents of the home were harmed in the incident.